Union County Freeholder Angel Estrada
pledged to continue expanding the NJTPA’s two safety programs and detailed other priorities during his first full meeting as Chair of the Board of Trustees.
Estrada said the NJTPA’s Street Smart NJ pedestrian safety program and Local Safety Program provide a comprehensive approach to safety. He noted that many Local Safety Program projects incorporate pedestrian safety, including 11 projects totaling $46.6 million that the Board approved in January.
“I want to assure all of you that the NJTPA’s commitment to safety will remain strong while I am chairman,” Freeholder Estrada said.
Freeholder Estrada also highlighted the important role that transportation investment plays in bolstering the economy. He pointed to the job opportunities generated by trade and related activity at the Port of New York & New Jersey.
He also pledged to focus on the environment, by prioritizing the truck replacement program at the port to reduce emissions and to support alternative fuel vehicles.
Freeholder Estrada said equity would play a role in everything he does as NJTPA Chair.
“As an immigrant to this country and the first Latino to hold the position of chairman at the NJTPA, I want to stress that we are here to serve all the residents of our region and to see that everyone benefits from our transportation system and all the opportunities it provides,” he said.
During the meeting Freeholder Estrada also announced the new committee leadership for 2018-2019 and thanked the members for their dedication to the Board.
Planning & Economic Development Committee:
Passaic County Freeholder John W. Bartlett, NJTPA Second Vice-Chair, will serve as Committee Chair. Hunterdon County Freeholder Matthew Holt, NJTPA First Vice-Chair, will serve as Committee Vice-Chair.
Project Prioritization Committee:
Morris County Freeholder Kathryn DeFillippo, NJTPA Third Vice-Chair, will serve as Committee Chair. Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, NJTPA Board Secretary, will serve as Committee Vice-Chair.
Freight Initiatives Committee:
Middlesex County Freeholder Charles Kenny will serve as Committee Chair. Ocean County Freeholder John Kelly will serve as Committee Vice-Chair.
[March 13, 2018]